Airdate: Fringe

It's J.J. Abram's newest series and it's coming to Nine a week after it's US debut.

J. J. Abrams (Lost, Alias, What About Brian) newest drama Fringe will start on Nine later this month.

Nine will screen the show from 8:30pm Wednesday September 17, a week after its US debut.

Fringe is a part-action, part sci-fi, and the cast includes Australian actress Anna Torv (The Secret Life of Us), Kirk Acevedo (Oz), Joshua Jackson (Dawson’s Creek), and Mark Valley. Film actress Charlotte Rampling has also joined.

With its mix of terrorist / paranormal activites, the show has also been described as resembling The X Files and Altered States (they’ve even got Scully and Mulder torches!).

The pilot for the series was leaked in June.

Press Release:
FRINGE, a thrilling new drama which explores the blurring line between the possible and the impossible, hits Channel Nine on Wednesday, September 17 at 8.30pm, a week after it premieres in the United States.

FRINGE, the gripping series from J.J. Abrams, creator of Lost, stars two Australians: newcomer Anna Torv (The Secret Life of Us, Young Lions, McLeod’s Daughters) as tough FBI Special Agent Olivia Dunham, and John Noble (Lord of the Rings films) as the obsessive Dr Walter Bishop, a modern-day Einstein. Joshua Jackson (Dawson’s Creek) plays Peter, Dr Bishop’s son.

When an international flight lands safely on autopilot at Boston’s Logan Airport with all passengers and crew aboard dead, FBI Special Agent Olivia Dunham (Torv) is called in to investigate as part of an inter-agency task force. When her partner, Special Agent John Scott (Mark Valley), also part of the investigation, starts to show signs of the unexplained condition of those found dead on the plane and nearly dies too, Dunham searches frantically for assistance. This leads her to Dr Walter Bishop (Noble).

But there’s one big problem – Bishop has been in a mental institution for 17 years because an assistant was killed in his lab and there were rumours that he was using humans as guinea pigs. Bishop was charged with manslaughter and declared mentally unfit to stand trial and the only way to question him means pulling his estranged son Peter (Jackson) in to help.

The investigation leads to the multi-billion-dollar, cutting-edge research facility of Massive Dynamic Corporation and its manipulative executive director, Nina Sharp (Blair Brown). The owner of Massive Dynamic, William Bell, used to work alongside Dr Bishop before he was locked up.

Dunham, Dr Bishop and his son Peter, along with Department of Homeland Security Agent Phillip Broyles (Lance Reddick) and FBI Agents Charlie Francis (Kirk Acevedo) and Astrid Farnsworth (Jasika Nicole), will discover that what happened on the fatal flight into Boston is only a small piece of a larger, more shocking truth.

FRINGE premieres direct from the US:

Wednesday, September 17 at 8.30pm on Channel Nine

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24 Responses

  1. I am soooo disappointed that Fringe was taken off TV. I didn’t see any explanation as to why this happened. TV Stations provide a service – I am a recipient of that service. This sort of amateurish programming (switching shows, late starts etc) is unprofessional. Channel 9 you need to learn about client service or you will always be a third rate television station.

  2. Our household is so over reality shows and the same old stuff. Can’t say that we watch a lot of tv, however, Fringe came along and we loved Fringe and enjoyed the story line. What we did see, was morish and we didn’t get enough. Just a cruel taste. We were so disappointed when it was canned. Channel 9 you have left us very disillusioned. Do we begin to watch a new series on Channel 9 and get committed to watching it every week. Or will you continue to play with all your viewers? Yes it has some hints of the dark Xfiles.That’s why we are watching it. It was popular back then and this type of story, still appeals today. Come on Channel 9. Bring it back. Listen to your viewers , take the criticism on board and take some action.

  3. We’re so fed up with the arrogance of TV stations. It seems one can’t get interested in a show without it being pulled without notice. So we’re turning the box off and reading books at least we know that we’re going to get the ending. As a bonus there’s no commercials. you would think the sponsors of TV shows would use their brains and influence and try to encourage people to keep watching, however who ever said that common sense was common. we’re taking our life back and training our eyes to revert to round. As for the sponsors, … tough bickies you won’t be selling us anything.

  4. Fringe was not aired lasted Wednesday 22nd October in channel 9, instead we were forced to watch The Mentalist. I did a search for Fringe in online TV guide and nothing showed up, what happened?

    We love the show please bring it back Channel 9.

  5. I’m really looking forward to it, can’t wait to see Anna Torv wearing breathing apparatus in her blue biological – chemical suit on the plane. Hopefully she wears it a lot and perhaps even fights in it. It’s been too long since a good show like this came around like the show Burning Zone. Something different.

  6. I think you’re right RichoTB. Not taking the fact that ratings may have risen since the tragic death of Mark, it would appear this may be a logical timeslot for McLeod’s Daughters as the success of All Saints appears to be continuing despite its later timeslot.

  7. I am very much looking forward to Fringe. I agree with you also Knoxoverstreet when you said “This and The Mentalist look like the best new shows of the US season.”

    David, I was wondering, as Fringe doesn’t start until two weeks today, what will Nine be showing next Wednesday in that timeslot?

  8. I am wondering if Nine (and Ten for The Dollhouse) are going to show these programs the way that it is being shown on FOX….using their tag line – as ‘Remote-Free TV’.

    They are apparently only having half the normal amount of ads duiring the show. This will add approximately 6 minutes to the running time of the show. So are Nine (and Ten) going to show them correctly or are they going to make them run long?

  9. Spot on SwaySlayer. Everything Whedon touches is magic. I expect Dollhouse will be by far the best television series in existence since Angel left screens 4 years ago. Dushku is also captivating in whatever role she plays, from Faith to Tru to whoever. I’ll be downloading it though – I don’t trust Ten to show it properly after their abysmal treatment of other shows e.g. Jericho, RoE, etc.

  10. It is definitely a poor man’s version of The X Files. Half the intrigue, half the polish. I saw the pilot earlier this year and was hardly rocketed out of my seat. If this goes up against new episodes of House, I don’t think I’ll be watching any supernatural shenanigans. Bring on Dollhouse! The TV world has been deprived of Joss Whedon and Eliza Dushku for far too long….

  11. As i currently watch too many shows, i’ll pick either fringe or dollhouse to start watching. Dollhouse looks better though, so probably that one. I’m sure that fringe will be good, although if the ratings reflect badly, it is likely due to constant mistreatment by channel 9, which will mean the show will be pushed back, and giving audiences even more reasons not to watch one of their shows.

  12. Together they make a unique division of the Bureau The Fringe, dedicated to investigating paranormal and terrorist attacks.

    I’ll watch this but (especially the above line) I just can’t help thinking it’s a blatant rip-off of the plot of The X Files.

  13. This show is terrible. The pilot I watched 3 months ago was horrid. The most boring, slow, turgid sack of crap I had the misfortune to watch in a long time. Its like a bad parody of The X Files. The lead chick Anna Torv was hot but blarg everything else about the show was just unbearable. It really is one of the worst things I’ve ever seen. Don’t even compare LOST to this crap, LOST is brilliant, this thing is nowhere near in the same league. Nine would be better off slotting The Mentalist, Chuck or Pushing Daisies in this space than Fringe.

  14. I’m really looking forward to this but I’m really afraid of how the show will be treated. None of commercial networks treat shows properly and I was gutted to learn that Dollhouse is going to channel 10. I still don’t like the idea of Fringe being on 9 but even though I don’t like any of the channels, I think 7 should’ve gotten this instead.

  15. i’m interested in this show but i hate channel 9, they lost me for years, got me back with moonlight and when i was forced to download the 2nd half they lost me again. since there is nothing else on wednesdays for me i think i’ll record it and keep it on my machine until 9 has shown the whole thing or atleast left it in the same timeslot for like 8 episodes. i know this defeats the purpose of fast-tracking but i don’t trust 9 at all and i don’t want to get sucked in and left in the lurch again. these stations really need to start guaranteeing that they will commit to both the show and it’s timeslot if they want anyone to take a chance on a new show.

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